Thursday, 5 November 2020

Ceisteanna (59)

Brendan Howlin

Ceist:

59. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment his plans to restore the Parental Bereavement Leave (Amendment) Bill 2019 to the Dáil Order Paper; his plans to pursue this legislation as a Government Bill; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34199/20]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Enterprise)

An employee's entitlement to take time off in such circumstances depends on whether any provision exists in the employee’s contract of employment providing for such leave. For the vast majority of workers, conditions of employment, including bereavement leave provisions, are matters for negotiation between employers and employees. In the absence of any such provisions in an employment contract, bereavement leave is normally granted at the discretion of the employer.

My colleague, the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, has policy responsibility for maternity leave, parental leave, carer's leave, and force majeure leave. So the issue of bereavement leave would fall within this category of compassionate or family leave.